Recent content by Paul Shipman Smith

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    Relationship Recently started dating girl with PTSD and Chronic Depression and I feel lost in what to do

    There's a lot of information within your post which suggests you are worrying very much about this girl. Admittedly, your friend is currently dealing with issues which - in turn - will mean there are times when her moods or behaviour could become erratic. Patience will be needed during those...
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    dissociation as a defense mechanism

    Throughout the course of our lives, the relationship with our parents can vary in many ways. Admittedly. The events of the past which involved your mother will have affected you emotionally and that will have cut very deep in your life. Now you are an adult finding yourself having to...
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    Sufferer Abused By Mom & Assaulted After Coming Out As Transgender

    It appears that your mother has the problem in this situation. From what you have written, she seems to have only been involved in your younger years when it suited her. Your main goal in life from now on, will be to focus on your transition/reassignment treatment - as that will be an...
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    Advice about a friendship

    The good point about your friendship - which involves the four of you - is that you are a tight little group and have done everything together like a family. A friendship such as yours can go for many years unbroken. Good friendships are so precious. They can withstand the test of time...
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    Can’t picture myself living with this for that long- Anyone else feel this way?

    The harder we fight to distract ourselves from something, the more we realise the seriousness of the situation that we are trying hard to distract from. You write about how you were very good at distracting yourself until it became too difficult. However. It appears that you experienced...
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    Sexual Assault Weird shit I do because of PTSD...is this normal?

    Both of your posts begin by stating that you were raped and in one you question whether you should feel guilty/ashamed whilst the other post mentions the assaults. You mention that you do 'weird stuff' but in all fairness it is very common in this day and age for people to do weird stuff...
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    Friend copying my every move - unsettling me.

    This is a very interesting situation and it certainly can be seen from various perspectives. You have have been dealing with some serious lifetime issues and it must be very difficult posting your feelings publicly. You are very concerned about this friend who has 're-entered' your life and...
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